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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 15, 2012/ 22 Adar, 5772

The real (high) cost of Obama's health care act

By Deroy Murdock




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Obama's health plan should be rechristened the "Unaffordable Care Act." Precisely as Obamacare's critics predicted, the officially titled Affordable Care Act is no bargain for taxpayers or patients.

Mr. Obama signed this measure on March 23, 2010. Less than two years later, its original $940 billion price tag for 10 years is in tatters. As the Congressional Budget Office reforecast Tuesday, this program will cost $1.76 trillion through fiscal 2022. This is an 87 percent overrun not even 24 months into this boondoggle. At this rate, the Unaffordable Care Act may do for medicine what Boston's Big Dig tunnel did for public works.

How did this initiative deteriorate so quickly?

"The books have been severely cooked," says House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican. As devious Democrats concocted Obamacare in 2009, they delayed its full implementation until 2014. Hence, back-loaded expenses mainly filled the final six years of the CBO's 10-year analysis of the bill's costs. As they shoved Obamacare down America's collective throat, Democrats lied about how delicious it was, at not quite $1 trillion.

CBO's latest valuation now reflects two more fat years of this contraption in full operation. Gross costs for fiscal 2021 and 2022 equal $250 billion and $265 billion, respectively. This clearer picture nearly doubles the Unaffordable Care Act's advertised price. Soon, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, Michigan Republican, frets, "The Democrats' health care law is certain to top more than $2 trillion."

The now-defunct Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (Class) Act is a key reason for the Unaffordable Care Act's unaffordability.

Even before it passed Congress, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, North Dakota Democrat, called this long-term-care provision "a Ponzi scheme of the first order, the kind of thing Bernie Madoff would be proud of." Medicare's chief actuary, Richard Foster, concluded: "Thirty-six years of actuarial experience lead me to believe that this program would collapse in short order and require significant federal subsidies to continue."

Indeed, the Obama administration in October dismissed the Class Act as unworkable - along with its $86 billion in anticipated deficit reduction.

The Unaffordable Care Act should sicken taxpayers and patients, too.

"The president said that by enacting this health care law, every family would save $2,500 per year," Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said at a March 7 Appropriations Committee hearing. "The Kaiser Family Foundation has already released a study saying that average costs of family health care plans are up $2,200. We're already different by $4,700; it's going to be hard to get us down to $2,500 cost savings."

Also, the CBO expects an additional 4 million Americans to lose their employer-provided coverage, as managers choose fines over premiums on even costlier, Obama-approved health plans. As the Ways and Means Committee found, "This will force hard-working Americans to purchase government-mandated insurance in government-run exchanges or pay a penalty."

As the Washington Examiner's Philip Klein observed Tuesday, the Unaffordable Care Act will drive at least 39 million people into the loving arms of the state. By 2022, Mr. Klein wrote, "3 million fewer people will have health insurance through their employers, while 17 million Americans will be added to Medicaid, and 22 million will get coverage through government-run exchanges."

Most amazing, the CBO states, "More are expected to be uninsured." While the Unaffordable Care Act will cover many Americans who lack insurance, that number is shrinking. This law, the CBO calculates, "will reduce ... the number of uninsured people by 2 million less than previously estimated." For all of its profligacy and intrusiveness, come 2022, Obamacare still will leave 27 million Americans without health insurance.

On Nov. 6, the American people can jettison this rubbish by dumping every available Democrat on Capitol Hill who voted for it. (Congressional Republicans wisely and unanimously rejected this legislative malpractice.) As for the con man who signed the Unaffordable Care Act, Mr. Obama cannot be frogmarched back to Chicago swiftly enough.

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Deroy Murdock is a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.



Previously:

03/09/12: Race-baiting Dems oppose voter ID

03/02/12: Forget kids --- today's debt hurts adults

02/24/12: Dems arise against Obamacare

02/17/12: The voting dead are understated

02/10/12: Holder takes on 'racist' photo-ID cards: Prejudice is widespread --- even Obama backed them

02/03/12: On tax plans, Gingrich trumps Romney

01/27/12: Photo IDs can protect elections, let dead rest

01/20/12: Romney runs hot and cold on global warming

01/13/12: Economic freedom declines in U.S.

01/06/12: Time to yank off Mitt's mask

12/23/11: Boehner hands Dems a gift

12/15/11: The U.S. could learn much from Hong Kong

12/09/11:$687 billion is available to Congress free of strings

12/02/11: Obama criticizes Wall Street but takes money from it

11/18/11: Puerto Rico shows Washington the way

11/11/11: Take heed, America: In Ohio even left-wing unionists voted to repeal ObamaCare

10/28/11: Thanks, Netanyahu, for surge of hardened terrorists

10/24/11:The Obama Spend-O-Rama

10/17/11: Cain stakes his viable claim just by showing up

10/07/11: Green jobs are national scandal

10/04/11: Obama proudly declares class war

09/23/11: Obama wrong about ‘Do-Nothing’ Congress

09/16/11: Obama needs Ryan's vision on jobs

09/09/11: Reaganomics trounces Obamanomics

09/02/11: Labor leaders to Obama: Stop killing jobs

08/26/11: Pro-market Perry vaults over Romney in GOP race

08/19/11: Some rich Americans will not rest until Washington boosts their taxes

08/12/11: Hope, change and free birth control for all

08/05/11: Debt deal does virtually nothing

07/21/11: Dems pro-choice on abortion but little else

07/15/11: Debt deception: If only Dems were honest and GOPers were courageous

07/08/11: Congress' war on light bulb blows up





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